Cageside Seats Weekly RECs: Week ending March 22

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We're back with yet another dose of amazing work injected by you, the CageSide commenters. Many of you have impressed us all by producing some amazing work and golden comments yet again. So it's that time of the week to recognize the excellent FanPosts, FanShots, and comments that were the "Best in the World" (of Cageside) this past week.

As always, thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese for cleverly naming our Weekly CageSide Commenters Awards "The RECs", which perfectly sums up what this feature tries to do. After all, without all of you, CageSide Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet.

So, without further ado, we present to you...

The cSs REC Awards:

Recognizing Excellence in Contributing

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FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUTHORING OF FANPOSTS:

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FOR EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION OF FANSHOTS:

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FOR SUPREMACY IN COMMENTING IN THE THREADS*:

*To see comments in the context of their own threads, click on the 'time stamp' behind each Cagesider's name.

From the "WWE 'SmackDown' results and reactions from last night (March 15): A wasted effort" thread:

I have no problems with commercial breaks during matches. "Real" TV does that too, with a commercial right before a cliffhanger is resolved. HOWEVER – there is no excuse to miss a single hold during a taped show. Just have your announcers throw it to commercial and then three seconds later welcome us back. Then edit the commercial in during post-production. WWE gets their commercials and we get a full match. How is this so difficult? by Curtain Jerker on Mar 16, 2013 | 9:02 AM rec (8)

and also from the same thread...

God bless Fandango. If every wrestler refused to wrestle Khali the world would be a better place by super D on Mar 16, 2013 | 1:00 PM rec (5)

From the "Daily Open Thread for Saturday, March 16" thread:

I'll always remember that moment because my Dad was in the room watching it with me. He just shook his head and said "of course that f** would remember to work the balls" followed up with "why do you still watch this shit?" Awkward times at their best. by 49erLou on Mar 16, 2013 | 10:53 PM rec (3)

From the "Vince McMahon wanted to fight Dana White in the UFC or at WrestleMania" thread:

Typical 3-Part Story

Match 1: @ WM – White wins.
Match 2: @ UFC – Vince wins.
Match 3: @ TNA – No one wins, Aces & Eights run-in finish.

BONUS:

Match 4: @ WCW WarGames – Vince/White/Hogan/Sting vs Aces & Eights. by tkatt00 on Mar 16, 2013 | 11:48 AM rec (5)

and also from the same thread:

Shield run in. Destroy everything in its path. by vikings68 on Mar 16, 2013 | 12:27 PM rec (3)

From the "Sting explains his decision to stick with TNA" thread:

"They pay well and don't care that I should have quit years ago" by Eugene Saxe on Mar 16, 2013 | 5:05 PM rec (6)

From the "Beth Phoenix on her retirement from WWE: It's time to chase other dreams" thread:

I still believe Kharma could be the first women's heavyweight champion. She’d beat Dolph for the title naturally. by BIGPALE on Mar 16, 2013 | 9:24 PM rec (5)

and also from the same thread:

This is the kind of stupid reading in between the lines I'd expect from Russo. This angle has already been done many times, and bombed hard each instance for the same reasons:

1) The size handicap makes the fights look ridiculous. Not just the weight difference, but the ratio of weight difference takes all credibility from the offense being delivered by the women and the selling performed by the guys. For example, Ronda Rousey, an actual fighter, is even smaller relative to Daniel Bryan, a small guy, than DBD is to Takeshi Morishima. Kia "Kharma" Stevens, who’s the same height and a hundred pounds heavier than Chyna, is still shorter than all but the shortest guys on the roster.

2) Even in fights between men, it’s always been harder for the smaller guys to get over. They only ever do when they’re ridiculously talented, and all of them had less of a size handicap to overcome than the women fighters put in that place. The only exception I can think of is Rey Mysterio, who’s been wrestling since he was 14 and is a strong contender for best worker of all time.

3) The men who job to the women lose all their heat.

4) The men who beat the women beat up women.

5) The only combat sports where women ever face men are grappling only, with strict, small differences between weight. They make no money, and draw no interest from fight fans.

6) Every title that’s been held by a woman becomes the most meaningless prop in the company, without exception.

There’ll always be stupid bullshit in wrestling, but this stupid bullshit’s already been done, and failed. Why try it again? by *Asterisk* on Mar 18, 2013 | 2:48 AM rec (3)

From the "CSSGTTT: (4) New Age Outlaws vs. (5) Brisco Brothers" thread:

[On Brisco Brothers' feuds]

I can name a few. They had beaten Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr multiple times , Mr Saito and Mr Sato , Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat multiple times and i believe they beat Mark Youngblood and Chief Wahoo McDaniel for their last tag team title. Plus if you want to see what a great tag team feud is go back and watch the Briscos vs Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr. It was probably the most bitter and hate filled rivalry, it went on for years and years not 3 PPV’s like in today’s world. by dmmanzo on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:51 AM rec (5)

and also from the same thread...

Reason #1: Fuck Region by MartyMcSuperfly on Mar 18, 2013 | 6:17 PM rec (7)

From the "Rumor Roundup for Monday, March 18" thread:

get goldberg to be [Ryback's] manager. or better yet, get Ryback to be the manager of Goldberg’s acting career. "FEED. ME. ROLES." once the confusion subsides and people stop giving him bread, it should prove to be pretty effective. by Simark on Mar 18, 2013 | 7:06 AM rec (9)

and also from the same thread...

Goldberg is a joke. I honestly judge harshly people who were fans of his. An unbeaten streak in a pre-determined sport gets you excited? What, are you 5? by Edgewalker on Mar 18, 2013 | 8:26 AM rec (3)

and...

Well... at the time I was 12, so yeah, I was pretty much by BacksThePack on Mar 18, 2013 | 9:49 AM rec (7)

and...

Screw Goldberg. Give me GILLBERG! by Eugene Saxe on Mar 18, 2013 | 4:15 PM rec (4)

From the "Precap to the March 18, 2013 episode of WWE 'Monday Night Raw', or we're almost there!" thread:

If [Chris Jericho] anything like the current champ [Wade Barrett], he’ll be putting people over every single week. by The so-called Beautiful on Mar 18, 2013 | 2:20 PM rec (4)

From the "Daily Open Thread for Monday, March 18" thread:

Went to the Smackdown house show in Toledo last night. Overall, it was a really good time. Nothing that groundbreaking in terms of matches, spots, etc. Here are the matches in bullet point format:

- Khali def. Primo and Epico
- Yoshi Tatsu def. Michael McGillicutty on a surprise pin - MM was mouthing off w/ an older fan in the crowd. Every time he body slammed Yoshi he would scream "You like that old man?!". Good times.
- Layla def. Alicia Fox in a 2 minute match
- ADR def. Big Show in a street fight - ADR won via submission after Big Show went through 2 tables. Solid match.
- Swagger def. Justin Gabriel - Swagger and Colter cut a promo before the match where Swagger did most of the talking, and was really good IMO. Him and Colter got a good reaction.
- Wade Barrett def. Bo Dallas - Wade Barrett referring to Toledo, OH as a "hellhole" was hilarious because it's true.
- Team Hell No def. The Rhodes Scholars - before the match Rhodes and Sandow took turns making fun of Team Hell No and the crowd. At one point Cody yelled at the crowd "I'm talking to my best friend here!" which my brother and I enjoyed. Also, after an extended period of Cody beating up DB, Sandow yells "Cody Rhodes, everyone!" which got a laugh out of a lot of people, including Cody. My brother wondered if they come up with that stuff to make each other laugh, or even better, get buzzed and come up with ideas while in character.
- Randy Orton def. Mark Henry by DQ after Henry hit him with a chair. Orton hit an RKO after the match and everyone went nuts. He got the biggest pop of the night by far.
Other things I noticed/enjoyed:
- WWE using social media before the event to engage the audience - putting tweets on the big board, pictures, voting on the street fight stip, etc.
- A LOT of kids had Ryback shirts
- WWE charges $20 for a picture against their green screen
- The kid behind me doing commentary during every match
- The kids in front of me with their homemade Randy Orton sign, complete with hand drawn viper!

by Supa Dupe on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:59 AM rec (4)

From the "WWE Monday Night Raw results and live blog for March 18: Triple H returns to answer Brock Lesnar" thread:

I will be there representing CSS with pride! by Parkinglotninja on Mar 18, 2013 | 11:12 AM rec (3)

and also from the same thread...

[On Ryback vs. David Otunga]

Or "Feed me torts!" by TMadeBurner on Mar 18, 2013 | 8:23 PM rec (5)

and...

Ryback has ADD. Remember about how all he wanted was to feed on things

Then all he wanted was to feed on Punk

Then he wanted the title

Then he wanted the Shield

Guy needs to stick to a diet. by Wellington's Wellingtons on Mar 18, 2013 | 8:35 PM rec (3)

and...

Oh hey, thats your father's grave? Imma piss on it, but hey...no disrespect. by Ecstasy with Extra Cheese on Mar 18, 2013 | 9:04 PM rec (3)

and...

Hey guys, [The Big Show's] allowed to turn face if he wants. He has an ironclad contract so he doesn’t even give a fuck by sexsalad on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:06 PM rec (5)

and...

Instead of Adrian Neville, they should’ve brought him in as Too Pac, and have him feud with Big E. by Dannie Ray on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:30 PM rec (3)

and...

So let me get this straight. Lesnar and Heyman basically force HHH off retirement to mess with his head and force him to Blindly sign a contract just to get him to retire again? by Dannie Ray on Mar 18, 2013 | 11:19 PM rec (4)

From the "Scott Hall & DDPYoga, a critical look" thread:

Not really sure what the point of this was. Of course DDP seeks commercial success. So do you. Of course Scott Hall wants to get well. Is it probable that DDP wouldn’t do this without the associated publicity? Totally. But everything else is arbitrary speculation. You can’t do a nice thing AND get rewarded for it anymore? It remains to be seen if he’ll be successful, but don’t make him look like a dick for trying. Even people who own charities make a salary. by Charles Awad on Mar 18, 2013 | 5:02 PM rec (17)

and also from the same thread...

I don't like this. This seems to be an unwarranted attack on both the integrity of DDP, as well as the kindness of fans. As a user of DDPyoga and a big fan of Page and what he represents, I resent that. If Hall can’t afford a hip replacement, what are his options? Sit in a wheelchair the rest of his life or hope he can get help from some other means. Have you seen the recent pictures of comedian Gabriel Iglesias? The program can do wonders. by kookla on Mar 18, 2013 | 6:35 PM rec (3)

and...

A Reaction... Let me first say that I understand where you are coming from. I think a lot of people share the way you feel about Scott and the way he has acted. The truth is though, most people don’t know what an addiction is like. It is a struggle, not day to day, but hour to hour. It’s even worse when you’ve been in it as long as someone like Scott Hall has. That being said, most people don’t realize how many people around them they have lost. It becomes you and your drug(s) of choice. That’s the only bond or relationship that person has. I’ve seen it, been through it, and watched it consume friends, family, and childhood heroes alike.

With that on the table we must also remember the relationship between DDP and Scott Hall. Scott pretty much gave DDP what he needed to start a career. Watch a few shoots by either guy and you’ll learn they are very close friends. Dallas has been there every time Scott has fallen down and every time he’s gotten back up. This time he’s stepped in and that’s the part that’s important. The only gain he wants in his heart of hearts is for his friend to become well again. He knows how life on the road works. You’d have to be completely ignorant to say that Dallas is doing this mostly for a buck or publicity. In addition, DDP has been away from his own home with Scott and Jake in it for long periods of time (right now he’s out in LA). They are being well behaved because they WANT to be.

Dallas has said that it’s not about the money, it’s about Hall and fans alike getting a win win. I threw my hat in the ring, and will get a call from one of my childhood heroes. That’s more than I would have ever asked for. Scott Hall, Jake, and DDP have given all of us so much that it’s almost our duty to give back if our wallets and hearts permit it. If more fans felt like you did it would be a very sad world. Scott is a man who thought he had no one. He is a man who thought no one would cheer for him ever again. This fundraiser proved to him he has a hell of a lot of people pulling for him. Knowing you’re not alone is half of the battle.

Let me end my reaction with a quote from The Bad Guy himself posted this morning:

"Good Morning. Couldn’t sleep last night. I had this dream that people all around the world got together and lifted me up out of the gutter."

That’s heart. by ASocialCJ on Mar 18, 2013 | 6:48 PM rec (6)

and...

I can't be completely mad at this post. I understand the skepticism that is presented with regards to DDP’s motivations for getting Hall clean. I’ve discussed with others at length whether or not DDP is on a fool’s quest because of some messiah complex or if he thinks he can actually help out. I can’t fault the intention to help, regardless if there’s some sort of underlying motivation (stated or unstated).

Sure, it’d be shitty of DDP to use Hall’s problems for his own personal gain, but I’d like to at least think that he has a benevolent spirit. And with charitable (if not sometimes overzealous) fans who are willing to give money to help out a stranger, there’s no real harm in asking for public help, especially when the internet can make almost anything happen.

I just hope that no matter what, some good comes of this and Hall can finally get on the right path. by Blueblob4life on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:35 PM rec (3)

and...

I personally donated $30 each to Jake's & Scott's surgeries and I wouldn’t call either donation a "pity" donation. I didn’t give money because I felt sorry for either of them. And generally speaking, I don’t hand money to charities or beggars when I don’t know where the money is going or how it will be used.

First and foremost, I’m an investor. I invest money when I believe there’s a strong probability of a return. Had Jake or Scott tried their surgery campaigns on their own, without DDP and the accountability crib, no way would I have given them money, knowing it probably would’ve been used to feed the addictions that were killing them.

But I think DDP has something special with the accountability crib. It’s filled with positive energy, but it’s not a narcissistic, masturbatory-feel-good charade. It’s positivity grounded in hard work, in facing challenges, and that doing difficult things means falling down and picking yourself up. And when I saw the progress Jake has made since moving in, I genuinely believe Jake will beat his demons. For good. And I think Scott has a good chance to recover in that environment, too. I didn’t donate that money; I invested in Jake’s & Scott’s recovery. I also got the perk of getting calls from Jake & Scott, and I’ll tell them both that I gave them money because I want a return: that I get to see them on stage to receive their inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania XXX.

I understand the skepticism after so many relapses from both men. With any investment there’s risk of failure, but after seeing so much evidence of DDPYoga’s success (Arthur Boorman, Jake, Jericho,DDP himself), I believe Jake & Scott will be successful, and I’m more than happy to invest $60 to help get them there. by rundmb on Mar 19, 2013 | 2:00 AM rec (3)

From the "SWERVE! What WrestleMania 29 match finish is WWE most likely to change?" thread:

Swerve! Taker v Punk is about to start. Lights go out. Shield attacks taker. Punk thinks the match is off…………NO CHANCE……………I`ve got a special replacement opponent!!! (Glass Break). Rock v Cena. Last second triple threat with mystery opponent. Chris Benoit comes out to reveal the death was a 7 year Keyfabe stunt, Benoit wins WWE title. Triple H v Lesnar. Turns out the entire show was just a dream like inception. Thats how you do a fuckin swerve by mrsocko on Mar 18, 2013 | 7:11 PM rec (4)

From the "Booker T announced for WWE Hall of Fame class 2013" thread:

Hall of Fame, he's comin' for you, ni- by Steve Sypa on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:04 PM rec (9)

and also from the same thread...

I'm really pumped for Booker T and the rest of the class. But is it bad that I’m more excited for the HoF than the actual WrestleMania event? by Blueblob4life on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:11 PM rec (7)

and...

He’s come a long way from robbing a Wendy’s… Dave Thomas we coming for you nukka! by RECE ROCK on Mar 18, 2013 | 10:12 PM rec (3)

From the "WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (March 18): Road to Wrestle-Whatia?" thread:

"K" is the legal shorthand for contract. Lo siento. Force of habit. by GuyinNY on Mar 19, 2013 | 12:35 PM rec (4)

and also from the same thread...

I think he doesn't know what Mark Henry does. by hfl2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | 12:17 PM rec (6)

and...

Relevance. I don’t see how Mark Henry’s workrate prior to his current run is really relevant to how good he is right now. Think of Jose Bautista, slugger for the Toronto Blue Jays: he sucked before 2010. Mark Henry didn’t put it together until 2011. Since that point, he’s been a fantastic monster heel. by GuyinNY on Mar 19, 2013 | 2:40 PM rec (4)

and...

It is a honor to be your Hero General by Stan Stansky on Mar 19, 2013 | 9:12 AM rec (7)

and...

[On Jack Swagger working stiff]

Or impregnates someone. by keyboard punk on Mar 19, 2013 | 12:28 PM rec (4)

and...

or gets arrested. wait, what?? by slapsy on Mar 19, 2013 | 12:56 PM rec (3)

and...

Try? There is no try? Fandango DOES seduce the women. Natalya was about to fall into his seductive trap, but Fandango lost focus and Nattie was able to snap out of it. He was definitely going to go home with a Funkadactyl a couple of weeks ago. Roberts is a jerk. Plain and simple. If I were the Managing Supervisor of Raw or the Assistant to the Managing Supervisor of Raw, I’d have fired him on the spot. by hfl2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | 2:41 PM rec (3)

and...

Eating jalapeno poppers and pooping fire is not heat. by dandeman on Mar 19, 2013 | 2:25 PM rec (4)

and...

Punk Bearer brings you the classics

"Oooh yes… it was the best of tiiiimes, ooooh noooo… it was the worst of times, because my Undertaker had come…"

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my bastard son gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember to set them on fire.’"

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. OOOOHYESSSSS." by GuyinNY on Mar 19, 2013 | 3:14 PM rec (4)

From the "CSSGTTT: (3) Demolition vs. (6) Hollywood Blonds" thread:

this. People think we’re voting for the Blonds because of SCSA. We’re voting for them because they were better. Demolition was just blah. People keep bring up Demolition’s length of title reign… when honestly, who cares? The Honky Tonk Man held the IC title for the longest time…length of reign and # of reigns is kinda meaningless when the belt is just a prop. by BrooklynBrawler4Life on Mar 19, 2013 | 3:56 PM rec (6)

and...

I just farted and for a second thought I shit my pants. That was way more exciting than Rock vs Cena II. by Anderson Silva Money on Mar 19, 2013 | 11:50 PM rec (4)

From the "How did WWE exploit Paul Bearer's death this week?" thread:

Uncomfortable. If Punk’s making you uncomfortable with this, and you think he’s pushing the boundaries… well, he’s doing his job. Hopefully, it’ll be enough for you to pay money to watch him get his ass kicked… all the way to 20-1. by GuyinNY on Mar 19, 2013 | 3:36 PM rec (5)

and also from the same thread...

Marks. I hate to be the guy who says this. I hate when the IWC throws the term around. If you are mad or bothered or upset about the way they are handling this, you are a mark. It is ok. Nothing is wrong with that. You are just falling into the storyline. CM Punk has been blurring the line between reality and a work for a while. This is no different. You are mad at the fact that they are exploiting Paul Bearer? That is the point. by davidhamilton83 on Mar 19, 2013 | 4:10 PM rec (6)

From the "Hulk Hogan tells crazy story of trying to convince Vince McMahon to bring Sting to WWF in 1980s" thread:

SHUT THE FUCK UP! clap clap clapclapclap by Anderson Silva Money on Mar 19, 2013 | 5:19 PM rec (5)

and also from the same thread…

I'm not sure why this is so unbelievable. Hogan’s politicking seems to have taken place once his star was waning and once he conceivably had something to lose. I think it’s quite reasonable to imagine him as willing to put Sting over at that time. He’s obviously exaggerating here in order to sell TNA so we should take that into account before putting this alongside his other obviously tall tales.
It could be bullshit but there’s no evidence to refute this definitely. Hogan was in a different position in WCW – after ’Mania III he could afford to take the hit. I think this is semi-plausible once we cut through the hyperbole. by Jvmes on Mar 19, 2013 | 5:27 PM rec (7)

and...

Hogan's plan to get Sting over involved these steps

Step 1: Sting beats Ric Flair for the WWF Championship in October 1992 on a non-pay-per-view event. Because it definitely ain’t worth paying money to see that ho-hum title change.

Step 2: Sting vs Earthquake is the main event of WrestleMania 9. Sting luckily manages to get Earthquake into his ineffective finisher, the Scorpion Death Lock, but Mr Fuji throws evil Japanese powder into Sting’s eyes. Earthquake then goes on to defeat Sting for theWWF Championship.

Step 3: Hulk Hogan comes out right after that match is over, accepts a challenge from Mr. Fuji, and Hogan goes on to defeat Earthquake for the WWF Championship using the most amazing finishing move ever, the legdrop. Hulk Hogan parades around the ring as the conquering hero while Sting jobs to the angle and is nowhere in sight as the show closes.

Step 4: Hulk Hogan loses the WWF Championship to Earthquake during the midcard ofKOTR ’93 via exploding camera to the face. And Sting gets to hold a scepter and wear a goofy crown, only to be beaten down by Jerry Lawler as the camera fades to black on the event.

Step 5: Sting is now a bonafide legend who is ten times bigger than Hulkamania.
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Step 27: At Survivor Series ’97, Sting gets screwed out of the WWF Championship in Montreal after an epic battle with his arch-rival, leader of Degeneration X, and quite possibly the greatest in-ring performer of all-time: Brutus The Barber Beefcake.

That Hulk Hogan is a fucking genius. by Kanenite on Mar 19, 2013 | 6:56 PM rec (17)

and...

Oh man, I almost choked to death when I got to Brutus. Insert your own "That’s what Hulk said!" joke. by ReverendKain on Mar 19, 2013 | 7:00 PM rec (3)

From the "Chael Sonnen's full rant on Vince McMahon challenging Dana White to a fight" thread:

Chael...Chael is a legit top 5 Middleweight. Just because he couldn’t beat the best fighter in the world, doesn’t mean he can’t fight.
Aside from that, you are playing into exactly what he wants. He cuts promos better than most WWE guys to sell fights. And it works. He took a pretty generic career, and used his mouth to turn himself into one of the most recognizable people in the sport. He stepped up to fight Jones when no one else wanted to. He’s an idiot (real estate fraud), but he’s a genius (LHW title shot while coming off a loss in a different weight class). Either way, he entertains me. by 8bitDan on Mar 20, 2013 | 12:16 AM rec (6)

From the "Bully Ray in hot water with TNA management after being caught using gay slurs" thread:

I think it's more in how it was done... It was blatant, seemed to be out of character, not part of the show, and wasn’t meant to be seen. It’s not like he was in the middle of the ring, doing and interview and saying something like "I think he has a little sugar in the gas tank" and then wait for the boos to roll in. by LowBudgetJeff on Mar 20, 2013 | 1:45 AM rec (3)

From the "WWE Main Event results and live blog for March 20" thread:

[On that thing Robin Williams had in that one movie]

An old lady disguise? Look, what Wade does on the weekends is no concern of mine. by ReverendKain on Mar 20, 2013 | 8:23 PM rec (1)

and also from the same thread...

A hospital where patients are healed with laughter? by ReverendKain on Mar 20, 2013 | 8:25 PM rec (1)

and...

A Group of scrappy prep-school students who quote Whitman? by Wellington's Wellingtons on Mar 20, 2013 | 8:25 PM rec (1)

and...

A Matt Damon by Wellington's Wellingtons on Mar 20, 2013 | 8:27 PM rec (1)

From the "Wrestling Revelations: Triple H must lose to Brock Lesnar at 'Wrestlemania 29'" thread:

On the other hand, HHH. by Flashking on Mar 20, 2013 | 11:58 AM rec (3)

From the "Now the UFC is pushing Vince McMahon vs. Dana White" thread:

It would look like Mortal Kombat. by BIGPALE on Mar 20, 2013 | 2:46 PM rec (7)

and also from the same thread...

I love the Power Strut reference. That’s just great. I sure do love me some Vincent Kennedy "Genetic Jackhammer" McMahon power strut. by Blueblob4life on Mar 20, 2013 | 2:58 PM rec (3)

From the "Here's how WWE is trying to get you to care about the retirement stipulation for Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29" thread:

Well, atleast the match should be good by Kanenite on Mar 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM rec (5)

and also from the same thread...

Maybe this whole thing is just an excuse to turn HHH into regular performer again so he can have one final 500-day run with the WWE Championship. by Kanenite on Mar 20, 2013 | 3:11 PM rec (5)

and...

Honestly, I have no proof of that. But the man had sex with a corpse. Texting his dick would be a step up IMO. by rundmb on Mar 20, 2013 | 4:23 PM rec (5)

and...

He tried texting his dick to Kevin Nash, but ended up texting it to himself instead. by Kanenite on Mar 20, 2013 | 5:06 PM rec (7)

From the "You can buy a Damien Sandow robe now" thread:

Obligatory: You’re welcome. by Sean Geddes on Mar 20, 2013 | 4:06 PM rec (4)

and also from the same thread...

it looks nothing like the real thing

[Photo of Damien Sandow]

right, dave coulier?

[Photo of Dave Coulier]

by rancho king on Mar 20, 2013 | 4:12 PM rec (17)

From the "Shawn Michaels apparently thought of retiring after near perfect match with Undertaker at WrestleMania 25" thread:

I think both were great. But ’Mania 25 was commentated by Jim Ross. ’Mania 26 was commentated by Michael Cole and Matt Striker. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why people prefer ’Mania 25. by *Asterisk* on Mar 21, 2013 | 12:37 AM rec (8)

From the "The Rock's crazy diet for Hercules movie role raises questions on WrestleMania 29 match quality with John Cena" thread:

well to be fair, that bear hug last year really doesn't count. It’s not a bear hug if you’re both laying on the mat. That’s spooning. by BIGPALE on Mar 20, 2013 | 6:02 PM rec (7)

and also from the same thread...

When Rock gets winded he should just go hide under the ring and then Khali can come out from under the ring and replace him for a few minutes. Nobody will know the difference. by Kanenite on Mar 20, 2013 | 6:00 PM rec (13)

and...

The champion showing up at every show is the reason why the champion doesn't matter.

"You should be working your ass off to train for your match against John Cena and want to put on an instant classic. But you don’t want to. You want the paycheck. You want the spotlight. You want to promote your action flick that won’t be any better than your last action flick"

I’ve said it before. Rocky could easily make double or triple his wrestling money doing a generic Disney comedy that’ll get a 30% on Rottentomatoes and require no work whatsoever. He’s here because it’s his life. by *Asterisk* on Mar 21, 2013 | 1:53 AM rec (4)

and...

People have no perspective when it comes to the Rock.

The dude took what would’ve been the lowest bought Wrestlemania since 13 when he came back for XXVII, and turned it into the second highest grossing PPV in WWE history. His match with Cena at ’Mania XXVIII was the highest bought WWE PPV ever. His match with Punk at the Rumble was the highest bought B-Show in half a decade. His next match with Cena will break the ’Mania XXVIII record, and his match with Brock at XXX will break that.

Why complain?

But he’s not on every show, you say? The champion being on every show’s the reason no one gives a shit about the champion, and the reason no one can draw. Remember when Triple H showed up on every show, and even though you were supposed to hate him, it still didn’t make you want to watch? Remember when Cena did the same thing, and you were actually supposed to root for him, even when he was supposed to be fired, or take a break to see his (now divorced, big surprise) wife?

But he’s too big, you say? Who cares? He’s putting WWE on the map, and making a lot more money doing that bodybuilder movie than working for them. It hasn’t hurt the business in any noticeable fashion, and he’s still worked really fucking hard to put on matches that were always in the three star plus range, with his Punk match actually being in the four star range. It doesn’t fucking matter.

But he’s just doing this for a paycheck, you say? Considering that he made, and makes, far more money doing movies which seldom require actual work besides publicity tours, this is a load of horseshit.

It’s booking 101. You put the biggest star in the biggest match on the biggest show of the year. Since WWE’s succeed with that even on a PPV main evented by the motherfucking Miz, and considering the numerous instances of urn juggling horseshit that people should be complaining about, know your role, and shut your mouth. by *Asterisk* on Mar 21, 2013 | 2:06 AM rec (6)

From the "CSSGTTT: (4) Rockers vs. (12) Strike Force" thread:

is it the region?

"Can’t stand Shawn Michaels" by 49erLou on Mar 21, 2013 | 1:52 PM rec (4)

and also from the same thread...

Vote-Strikeforce Cuz 2 years after the break up Tito was still wearing the tights. Now thats dedication to the team. by dandeman on Mar 21, 2013 | 11:42 AM rec (6)

From the "Daily Open Thread for Thursday, March 21" thead:

so two days ago i just save a cat form the cold and the snow by 14fizzpatrick on Mar 21, 2013 | 11:56 AM rec (5)

and also from the same thread...

[On Samoa Joe's contract status]

Even TNA doesnt know that by rancho king on Mar 21, 2013 | 2:07 PM rec (4)

and...

tried them all. perks of working at a grocery store. vendors who bring us samples lol. chicken and waffles was way too maple syrupy for my taste. the sriracha ones were okay but im not a fan of hot sauces. i loved the cheesy garlic bread ones though. i swear i should have been italian with how much i love italian food and garlic by BitchHoldMyHoops on Mar 21, 2013 | 3:32 PM rec (4)

[The winning caption to this photo]

I MET HER AT 10:31

1 + 0 + 3 + 1 is 9.

And because there’s 2 of us, 9 times 2 is 23.

So she’s of age. by vfn on Mar 21, 2013 | 6:01 PM rec (5)

and...

That is what it feels like when Goldust kicks you in the scrotum. by Kanenite on Mar 21, 2013 | 6:33 PM rec (4)

and...

"Cody Rhodes is in control, as we cut to our ROSA CAM!"
"Ay ay ay!" (jiggle) (jiggle)
"Cody Rhodes has won the match with some kind of… flip… piledri… BACK TOTHE ROSA CAM!" by ReverendKain on Mar 21, 2013 | 6:40 PM rec (3)

and...

Just got back from Tara's restaurant, The Squared Circle. I gotta say, it was great. Wasn’t too busy but Impact was on and I met the woman herself. Holy shit she’s really nice, much more than should be legally allowed. It’s a nice space too, a little narrow, but it’s got a good layout and she has some framed wrestlers’ pictures up, including Hardy, Angle, and Christy Hemme’s Playboy issue.

I had this sexy thing, the Mac Attack [Photo]. Burger with cheddar cheese gushing from the center, topped with mac and cheese and bacon bits on a brioche bun with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Really freakin good.

Lisa is also hosting a WrestleMania party of some sort and I reserved space for that. She sorta hinted that a few wrestlers might show up, so I’m pumped for that. I didn’t want to take a picture with her on this visit because I felt a little weird, but I will do that between now and the party. I’ll also be sure to do a write-up because I’ve never been around a large group of wrestling fans for WrestleMania, so I’m excited to experience that.

I even got a hug on the way out, which was magical. Bless her heart. by Blueblob4life on Mar 21, 2013 | 11:16 PM rec (4)

From the "The Top 10 Most Pointless Title Changes in WWE History" thread:

Hrm. Disagree:
1) The Hogan ’02 win was a little bit of a "you had to be there", but Hulkastolgia really was running wild and WWE simply put the title on the hottest hand it had. Flair never pulled that in WWE (WCW is a different story), but he was also never as hot as Hogan was. Hogan cooled off quickly, and WWE took the title off him promptly thereafter (ugh, the Hulkastolgia bike….) *

The Mania IX thing made no sense. Hart should have kept the belt and, moreover, it should have been Hogan jobbing to Hart.

2) Bret Hart’s one day title run in 1997 made no sense and it set up an all-time horrible Mania main event (Sid/Taker @ WM13.) It deserves to be on this list.

3) Punk losing to Rock at Rumble didn’t make a ton of sense, and while I’d have loved to have seen Streak vs Streak at Mania (and I bet it would have done huge box office), I don’t mind The Rock’s vanity title reign because it’s boosting the company’s (and the title’s) prestige. David Arquette, the Rock ain’t.

4) Rey’s quickie title reign would have made a ton of sense if Cena had turned heel, become the COOHHH’s corporate champ, and Rey had just been a poor pawn for our anti-hero CM Punk to defend. As it is, I think it was a little bit of a gold watch.

*I maintain that if Hogan had stayed retired after Brock wrecked him that summer, it would have been one of the all time great closing runs. A classic with the Rock, one last big run on top, and then putting over Angle, Edge, and (especially) Brock on his way out. We’d have missed out on Capt. America and the delicious HBK Summerslam fiasco, but Hogan’s legacy would be far better. by GuyinNY on Mar 21, 2013 | 12:23 PM rec (3)

and also from the same thread...

I'd also like to add the godawful Batista 1 day reign. Where he beat Orton in a cage match even though he was so injured he had to vacate the belt the next night, and WWE knew he was injured the whole time, yet still put the belt on him. by *Asterisk* on Mar 21, 2013 | 12:37 PM rec (5)

and...

Disagree. This is more like "10 Title Changes to people I don’t like". Most of these had a point. You might not have been a fan of them, but they weren’t "pointless". Moves that made absolutely no sense business wise, Great Khali, Vince McMahon, Jack Swagger, even Kane’s first reign, you could point to those as pointless. Even someone like Backlund had a point. Being transitional =/= pointless. This just kind of feels like generic smark ranting. by vfn on Mar 21, 2013 | 12:35 PM rec (10)

and...

Clearly, you must be joking, because any PPV with the Shockmaster on it could never be bad. by hfl2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | 12:54 PM rec (4)

and...

#10 I have so much problems with #10 but shot out to Asterisk for making the sound, factual argument for that title change. Personally, I understand people are upset at Rock for not doing house shows and not doing EVERY single Raw but I find that argument to be misguided and ignorant when every smark fan knew that Rock signed a limited date deal and that any wrestling would be done during breaks between shooting and promoting his films. Rock is, at the moment, the big action star right now. It’s not about Rock being Hollywood, its about business and his last 3 films made over 1B at the box office. A billion dollars isn’t lightweight stuff so either fans can understand that Rock isn’t dissing them, he’s actually not taking vacations and breaks by wrestling for the fans when he can. The argument that Rock shouldn’t be champion because he’s not full time is valid but also take into account that he’s still the biggest draw in the company bar none without being full time. Your Champ is usually the man with that capability but beyond that, Rock has put his work in for this industry and even if this is just a placating title run, hasn’t Rock earned it? He’s earned it just off the two wrestlemania buyrates alone but look at his career. People are pushing that Rock is the selfish, entitled star but this is the one guy in the attitude era that JOBBED to everyone, repaired so many broken pushes by putting over guys HHHtried to murder and yet still was the top earning face in the history of the company. So hasn’t he earned the right to wrestle 14 times a year if he wanted? BTW Rock didn’t make himself Champ, the owner of the company did, so Vince doesn’t have that right to put his title on whomever he feels is best for business? Rock didn’t quit and walk back in WWE in January, we knew he was gonna get a title shot at the Rumble 4-5 months before the Rumble so how’d he quit? Rock just doesn’t get respect, if Austin came on Raw the Monday after Wrestlemania, stunned the champion and won the title and left everyone’s drawers would be wet with semen. It’s just crazy how fans will accept certain things from certain stars. by Major on Mar 21, 2013 | 2:03 PM rec (13)

and...

No one cares about wins but the fans. You think there will be a single less buy Mayweather/Pac if both lose their next fights? All people care about is the big fight. Dana White would trot Lesnar out against a solid opponent Brock can beat then set up the real big match that will pop those cash registers. Don’t be naive, this isn’t about who can or can’t fight or who has a better record. Mike Tyson had how many fights before he got a title shot? ONE against Peter McNeeley that broke ppv records. Tyson won the belt in 1996 after losing it in 1991, a five year absence. The reason why is because he was a bigger star. Holyfield was a better fighter but Tyson popped those cash registers. by Major on Mar 21, 2013 | 6:02 PM rec (3)

From the "Bully Ray goes the extra mile after making gay slurs to fan in Chicago at TNA Impact show" thread:

Scenario: "Allow me to take you out to lunch. I will get us a table…hey! Where you going???" by Edgewalker on Mar 21, 2013 | 2:54 PM rec (17)

and also from the same thread...

How in the hell do you get in contact with a random fan to apologize? I guess the Internet. by RECE ROCK on Mar 21, 2013 | 4:57 PM rec (3)

From the "Raw segment ratings for March 18: Not a good showing on the 'Road to WrestleMania'" thread:

The Miami Heat game was probably drawing a lot of attention during that IC Title match. by Kanenite on Mar 21, 2013 | 3:27 PM rec (5)

and also from the same thread...

Overrun ratings are going to be high because you have both WWE fans and LL Cool J fans, which is a pretty unstoppable combination. by UnmitigatedDisaster on Mar 21, 2013 | 3:41 PM rec (7)

From the "Hulk Holland's Midweek Meltdown: A-roid-ant personality disorder" thread:

Nice write up. Needs to be said. by TheRojas on Mar 21, 2013 | 9:22 PM rec (6)

and also from the same thread...

I think Rock was at his best during his brief run in 2003. He was a lean mean heelin’ machine. Triple H also was doing his best work in 2000-2001 injury. After that he came back big as a house, and was never the same. by BIGPALE on Mar 21, 2013 | 10:23 PM rec (9)

and...

I mean really...

Who cares what grown men choose to do to their body anyways? When I watch sports (pro wrestling included) I want the best possible product out there. It’s not my body and they are well paid for what they do. Pro athletes can earn generational money in a very short time. They are trading their physical health for their financial health and the financial health of their children’s children.

And to those who say kids will emulate what they see, it’s time to stop playing the victim card and blaming others for your missteps as parents. A good parent will teach their child what the pro athlete is giving up and what they are getting so when that child is an adult they can make an informed decision about what they want to do with their body. Enough of this D.A.R.E. scare tactics, propaganda, fear mongering approach to drug control. It’s time to arm the youth of America and the world with real information, not worst case scenarios being portrayed as the rule rather than the exception.

Can steroid abuse lead to negative consequences? Yep, so can driving, poor eating habits, and not brushing your teeth. That’s why you inform and educate rather than scare the living shit out of kids. Try to teach kids that smoking pot will lead to violence, rape and murder and watch what happens when they try it for the first time. They’ll say…wow…that’s not anything like what they told me it was like…I wonder what else they lied to me about? And bam, you have a junkie with collapsed veins because they went wild trying everything they could get their greasy little mitts on.

Instead, treat the kids with respect and know they have working brains and parents – teach your kids what’s right from wrong, about actions and consequences and quit pointing at sports figures, actors, and celebrities saying they are the reason your kids are out of control. They aren’t, you are.

That went way off the original point. by LowBudgetJeff on Mar 22, 2013 | 1:10 AM rec (3)

and...

Wish someone had told Chris Benoit’s son how his dad was sacrificing for his financial future….. If our basic entertainment requires people to sacrifice their physical health and shorten their lifespan and we don’t care then perhaps we should look closer at ourselves. There is a hell of a lot more to life than just making money. Oh and who tells their children that pot will turn them into rapist, seriously? by who me on Mar 22, 2013 | 12:14 PM rec (4)

From the "TNA Impact results and reactions from last night (March 21): Well done, TNA" thread:

What the?!? That’s good logical storytelling!!! What is it doing here in the Impact Zone?!? by phlash74 on Mar 22, 2013 | 12:11 PM rec (5)

From the "Irv Muchnick: "Bruno’s bad call on WWE Hall of Fame shows Vince is right – everyone has a price"" thread:

Whatever you think of Stephanie, HHH used to fuck Chyna. No rational human can say Steph isn’t a major step up. by The so-called Beautiful on Mar 22, 2013 | 2:50 PM rec (6)

and also from the same thread...

I dunno how much Bruno has to his name, or how much he has squirreled away to leave to his family when he's gone. Triple H probably offered him a lot of money, but I’m sure Bruno had been offered a lot in times past. Maybe he was told, with Mania in New York(ish) this year, this would be the last time they offer him. Take the money or leave it. Did he sell out after stonewalling (publicly) for so long? I suppose, but maybe he was willing to sell out if it meant providing for a little something for his grandkids. Alls I want is for Zach Ryder to come out and talk about being home, and for 3MB to come out and beat him down… only to be saved by Bruno Sammartino himself! "BAH GAWD KING…THAT…THATSBRUNO SAMMARTINO…THE HALL OF FAMER…HE’S GOT HEATH SLATER IN THE BEAR HUG OHMAH GAWD I’M HAVING AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE!" by BIGPALE on Mar 22, 2013 | 3:35 PM rec (3)

and...

"Irv Muchnick: "Bruno’s bad call on WWE Hall of Fame shows Vince The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase is right – everyone has a price""

Fixed. by Supa Dupe on Mar 22, 2013 | 4:07 PM rec (10)

From the "Video: Mark Henry is really strong" thread:

That's why I like Mark Henry. It's not just a gimmick, it's what he does! by keyboard punk on Mar 22, 2013 | 3:54 PM rec (7)

From the "Video: The Rock on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 21, 2013" thread:

#Punkshouldbechamp by ClingingMars on Mar 22, 2013 | 4:19 PM rec (15)

and also from the same thread...

[Punk] had it with him [Photo] by BFisch28 on Mar 22, 2013 | 4:57 PM rec (13)

and...

100% proof Rock/Cena II didn't need the title to be a money maker for WM 29....

And how Punk/’Taker could have been the Streak vs the Title Reign….The booking would have been win/win for either wrestler. Taker wins, he could retire on Raw the next night and give up the belt Edge style, setting up a tourney style storyline till the next PPV. If Punk had won, his reign gains even more respect and could have set up a monumental Cena/Punk storyline over the next month and into the nextPPV for the title.

Instead, we have a WM where the two main event matches are missing that extra something (Rock/Cena haven’t bothered much the last month and Punk had to rely on the death of Paul Bearer to give an angle for their match (Though he did as best as he could with that bad angle). by allhawks on Mar 22, 2013 | 5:19 PM rec (16)

and...

The Rock is a movie star, not a professional wrestler. by Kanenite on Mar 22, 2013 | 5:41 PM rec (10)

and...

The only bloody reason he became champ was to fucking promote the WrestleMania and the CHampionship. Thats literally ALL he had to do. They didn’t insist on him doing all the shows, houseshows, via satellite segments, wrestling on free-TV, absolutely NOTHING. All he had to do was to just promote the title and WrestleMania and he doesn’t do it. Un-fucking-acceptable. by Jerichoholic_21 on Mar 22, 2013 | 5:47 PM rec (6)

and...

Punk had the drop the title to somebody. I’m not down with the old days where it was held forever and ever. Preferably, it would be Punk dropping the belt to Cena at Mania… the whole underdog angle could’ve played there pretty nicely (this is assuming the Raw match or anything else like it wouldn’t have happened). But a Rock ME is still going to bring in more buyrates than anything else. The real injustice in all of this is that someone had to watch Jay Leno in order to post the video. by BrooklynBrawler4Life on Mar 22, 2013 | 8:08 PM rec (5)

and...

If Punk dropped the strap to Cena on Mania, it seems entirely possible to me that it would be accompanied by history’s first six-star match with Cena winning off of a surprise Burning Hammer after kicking out of a didn’t-see-that-coming Pepsi Plunge. If their match a few weeks ago was anything to go by, it would be one for the ages, one that would go down in the annals of pro wrestling history and perhaps cap off the great feud of this era. But, hey, at least we’ll be treated to forty-minute rest holds while Rocky tries to remember which press conference he’ll be able to wear the belt at. by ShatterHand on Mar 22, 2013 | 8:42 PM rec (7)

and...

It's just so frustrating. Rock won't stay and Cena won't go. I hope they both get booed mercilessly by the NYNJ crowd. by BIGPALE on Mar 22, 2013 | 8:17 PM rec (4)

and...

Rocky, you're catchphrase is JUST BRING IT and you couldn’t even do that. by ShatterHand on Mar 22, 2013 | 8:43 PM rec (6)

From the "Paul Bearer's family signed off on CM Punk urn angle with Undertaker on WWE Raw" thread:

Absolutely Right. I always felt that this idea that the angle they did with Bearer on Raw was in any way disrespectful was completely wrong. It was done extremely tastefully, and with a great deal of respect to Bearer. And also it was a given that the family would have been consulted and only then would they have gone ahead with it considering that this angle involved Undertaker who has a considerable amount of sway in the company. So all this bullshit I’ve been reading on the net about fans having an issue with this was unnecessary and completely misplaced. Bearer was a legend in the business and from whatever I’ve read about him and my own personal opinion I feel he wouldn’t have had it any other way. This is the fucking problem with today’s WWE and wrestling world in general. Heyman said it best, that everybody keeps clamouring for the Attitude Era and edgier content but the minute somebody does something edgy there are idiots who make a big deal out of it. by Jerichoholic_21 on Mar 22, 2013 | 6:03 PM rec (11)

and also from the same thread...

I wanna know who signed off on the Katie Vick angle. WHO SIGNED OFF ON THAT, HUH?! by BIGPALE on Mar 22, 2013 | 7:38 PM rec (4)

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